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    Question category/categories 1 and 2

    Hello,

    I read two different articles the other day which reminded me of a question I've wanted to ask for so long.

    Do you say category A and B or categories A and B?
    Lots of similar ones like: group 1, 2 and 3 or groups 1,2 and 3?

    Thanks a lot!

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    Default Re: category/categories 1 and 2

    Quote Originally Posted by Tedwonny View Post
    Hello,

    I read two different articles the other day which reminded me of a question I've wanted to ask for so long.

    Do you say category A and B or categories A and B?
    Lots of similar ones like: group 1, 2 and 3 or groups 1,2 and 3?

    Thanks a lot!
    Catagories and Groups, but you will hear both singular and plural in AmE.

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    Default Re: category/categories 1 and 2

    So, that means both are possible, right?

    How about the others? what do you think ?
    Thanks a lot

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    Default Re: category/categories 1 and 2

    Quote Originally Posted by Tedwonny View Post
    Do you say category A and B or categories A and B?
    Lots of similar ones like: group 1, 2 and 3 or groups 1,2 and 3?
    I think that both are in use.

    category A and B = we can also say "category A and category B" but there's no need to repeat it so we use "category A and B"

    Same story with the groups.

    But, shouldn't there be a colon when we use plural form?:
    - categories: A and B,
    - groups: 1, 2 and 3,
    Last edited by spongie; 20-Jan-2012 at 22:41.

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    Default Re: category/categories 1 and 2

    But, shouldn't there be a colon when we use plural form?:
    - categories: A and B,
    - groups: 1, 2 and 3,
    No, there shouldn't.

    Bill's answer in post #4 is equally valid in BE, too.

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